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John Graves Simcoe was a British army officer and the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada. In 1793 he passed "the act to prevent the further importation of slaves". This law protected the property rights of slave owners in Upper Canada but did not allow them to import more enslaved people. In 1796 Simcoe was sent by Britain to aid France in their attempt to subdue the Haitian slave rebellion.
The 1885 North West Rebellion marked the first time that Canada’s new transcontinental railroad was used to transport soldiers to the prairies. The 114 cowboys and ranchers who made up the Rocky Mountain Rangers helped to provide security for the railroad’s construction. The story of building the Canadian Pacific Railway is the focus of a major IMAX film, Rocky Mountain Express; check your local IMAX for showtimes. – True West Archives –